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16 Aug 2016

Kerala official: Stare at women 14 seconds and be jailed

Kerala Excise Commissioner touts absurd law

Kerala's Excise Commissioner Rishi Raj Singh said that charges can be booked against a person who stares at women for 14 seconds or longer.

The official stated the law at a programme organised for students, while mentioning that no such cases have cropped up in the state.

He also stressed on the need for awareness on using protective objects in times of anti-social attacks.

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Kerala Excise Commissioner touts absurd law

Kerala official flags need to improve safety measures

"Do you carry a knife or chilly or pepper spray in your bags? If you don't the time is long overdue for you to do so," the Excise official said, stating that one must immediately react if uncomfortable and inform the police at once.

Social Media lights up on Singh's comments

16 Aug 2016

Social Media lights up on Singh's comments

With Singh passing remarks on the charges men will face for staring at women, the state's Sports Minister EP Jayarajan was not too amused, stating that Singh was dabbling with 'disgusting' and 'annoying' affairs.

Many others took to social media to condemn his remarks, stating that the 14 second rule was absurd.

Few others even asked what consequences would result for those donning sunglasses.

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Lawyers brush aside Singh's remarks

"There is no provision to book anyone for mere staring. If a man with his words, gestures or acts intends to insult the modesty of a woman, he can be booked under Section 509 of IPC," said senior advocate CP Udayabhanu.

Good teeth demanded for motor vehicle inspectors

Andhra Pradeshs's absurd law for hiring motor vehicle inspectors

Andhra Pradesh has an absurd law which states that Motor Vehicles Inspectors will be hired only if they have good teeth.

The state has also hauled up those applicants with flat feet stating that they will not stand qualified for hiring.

Apart from flat feet and brandishing great teeth, the state also said it would disqualify those with pigeon chest and knock knees.

Delhi to serenade locusts with drums

Delhi's laws on locusts

Delhi to serenade locusts with drums

In 1949, a law was issued by the East Punjab Agricultural Pests, Diseases and Noxious Weeds Act, surrounding locusts.

The Act stated that when the state was under an attack by locusts, all of its citizens must take to beating drums on the streets, as and when the government orders.

Any violators will be behind bars for ten days or be fined Rs.50.

Kite laws

Fly kites, but alert the police

Flying kites must have been almost everyone's childhood hobby, although the government has found a way to tackle this and introduced a law for flying kites.

The law states that one may fly kites once the person has obtained clearance and approval from the authorities.

The Indian Aircraft Act has described a kite to be an aircraft, hindering air movements.

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